Of the executrix gig.
I just printed off the statement of income, expenses and deductions that the lawyer for Bonnie's estate needs to file the estate taxes. Yesterday I sent what I believe to be the final check to the IRS to cover the tax mess she was in.
If you ever have to do this, you should be more organized about keeping records than I was. I put everything relevent in a box, but it ended up being a lot of stuff to sort through to find the numbers I needed. I had a good spreadsheet about the instruments, and about the amounts of money that went between my checking account and hers while I had power of attorney, and between my account and the estate's account after I was appointed executrix. (A lawyer isn't going to say directly that you should do this, but I figured out from what he did say the day after she died that I should back date a check to before she died and put it in my account so that I'd be able to pay bills in the weeks between her death and my appointment as executrix. So most of the funeral expenses came out of my checking account, but it was mostly money that had been in Bonnie's checking account.)
But all the stuff about donations and sales of things other than instruments should have been in the spreadsheet and were instead in the box.
I think I have to produce an accounting of some sort before I can pay any money to the legatees, but I'm hoping it won't make me feel as helpless as the tax statement did. I'm not sure why, because I do my own taxes fairly easily, but it reminded me of when I first went to school and had to do workbooks. I was young for my grade, and clumsy at writing but facile at talking, so it always seemed that there was nothing like room enough to really answer the questions, so you had to not only figure out the answer, which was easy, but figure out how to fit it into the space they gave me, which usually seemed impossible.
So even after finding the cool new LaTeX class, I had to take lots of deep breaths and assure myself that this really isn't anything I couldn't do, and if I really couldn't find the numbers, I could just make up something plausible, and finally it's in the mail.
The \marginpar command in the tufte-handout class is in fact a good feature for something like this. I had a list of items like:
- 4 boxes of books to Haverhill Library sale
- 25 bags of clothes to Big Brother Big Sister
and I put marginal notes in explaining how many pounds in a box or a bag.